The new Skilsaw Sidewinder, SPT 67 WL-01, is here and while I generally don’t get all excited over circular saws, this is a stout little saw with all the makings of awesomeness ready to tackle whatever job you throw at it. Be sure to enter the competition at the bottom of the post to win one of your own!
So without boring you on the technical specs that you’ll most likely read from the link above anyway, let me just walk you through the features I found most impressive.
Overall, I feel like the saw is well built. While this is the cheapest of the SPT 67 saws, don’t be fooled. Even though the motor housing is plastic, the parts that really matter are made of magnesium and built to deal with some real abuse! Here are the things I like most about the SPT 67 WL-01, aside from the beefy motor (of course). I’m thrilled that Skilsaw decided to not have a two stage trigger on this tool, and that all of the graduations on the adjustment scales are easy to read. Don’t get me wrong, two stage triggers are all fine and dandy for someone who’s a little uneasy using power tools, but there’s something about not having to mess around with a two stage trigger that is just inherently nice.
First off, the depth adjustment is great. I love the scales that are becoming more and more common on circular saws, but Skilsaw kicked it up a notch with the design on this line of saws. Instead of the scale reading 1/4″, 1/2″ and so on, the hash marks are for the material thicknesses. So you’re cutting 1/2″ plywood, line up the depth adjustment with the 1/2″ setting and the blade is dropped a little below 1/2″. Pretty cool!
Now, the one thing that’d be nice is to have a standard scale in addition to the current scale, so that if you need to cut exactly 1/2″ or however deep, you just dial up the number and have at it. This would be especially handy when you’re cutting a hole in the attic floor and don’t want to cut into your ceiling joists. Now lets be honest, 90% of folks are just going to use a tape measure to set the blade depth for something like that anyways…
The locking mechanisms for setting the depth and angle on this saw are pretty stout. And by this I mean, I locked the blade depth at the 1/4″ setting, placed the saw on the bench, and all but stood on the thing to see if the depth adjustment would move…It didn’t! Needless to say I was really impressed.
So enough about setting and scales and blah blah blah. The saw cuts very well. I took it easy for the first few cuts, but once I noticed the total badassery that this saw has I decided to all but throw the blade through a 2 x 4 and see how it performed. Well… I couldn’t even tell if the motor was slowing down. There is plenty of power for this saw to cut through 2 x 4’s much faster than I care to do on a routine basis. It doesn’t mind MDF or hardwoods either!
When it comes down to it, this saw is a win! And what’s even better than me telling you about an awesome tool? Well, giving one away of course! Enter below and good luck y’all!